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Project by BertJ posted 2301 days ago 2860 views 17 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bench is jatoba with ebony accents. Finished with BLO and wax.

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#1 posted 2301 days ago

Very nice. I like the design. Looks very well made.

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#2 posted 2301 days ago


This is a nice bench. The through tenons and ebony add nice details to the piece. I enjoy working with jatoba but I found it to be hard on my blades.

Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 2301 days ago

very nice design. i like the curvature of the seat. those are beautiful through tenons too. very well constructed and executed. great job!

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#4 posted 2301 days ago

Thanks for the nice comments, all. And you’re right, Scott. I have to sharpen my chisels regularly when I work on this project! I do love the look of jatoba, but it is one VERY hard wood, and it splinters easily.

By the way, this project will be in the next (June) issue of Popular Woodworking.

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#5 posted 2301 days ago

This is a beautiful design! Did you design this? Wow. Congratulations on getting it in Popular Woodworking. I love it. Favorited!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 2301 days ago

Great sturdy & well designed bench Bert.

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#7 posted 2301 days ago

Fantastic design. Looks like a Chinese pagoda.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 2301 days ago

Outstanding design and craftsmanship.

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#9 posted 2301 days ago

Looks very Asian in design. It is very nice.

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#10 posted 2301 days ago

Nice design, well executed!

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#11 posted 2301 days ago

Looks Japanese in design. A hint of greene & greene, with a side of A & C. Very nice.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#12 posted 2300 days ago

This is beautiful. I love the joinery and the fact that you put the stretcher so low to the ground. Great lines and flow.

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#13 posted 2300 days ago

Gorgeous! Congratulations for getting it published in Popular Woodworking.

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#14 posted 2298 days ago

Very clean lines Bert. I love the colour as well.

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#15 posted 2295 days ago

nice design Bert ! great detail work

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